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3 caps, 1 goal
One of two largely untried strikers in the England squad at this level, Andy Carroll could be one of two things for his country.
He could be a plan B, someone to turn to when things aren't working out. A physical presence who gives teams a completely different problem to his team mates.
Or, he could be Roy Hodgson's plan A while Wayne Rooney is out.
Carroll has the presence, the shooting ability and the point to prove—and coming into the tournament, he has the form.
After nothing short of a disastrous beginning two-thirds of a season, Carroll came strong for Liverpool at the back end of the campaign, culminating in late winning goals against Blackburn Rovers and Everton. Also, he won back to back Man of the Match awards against Chelsea.
He still has a lot to do to show he is worthy of being a starter, for club or country, but he might just turn out to be the not-so-secret weapon England have brought along with them.
Carroll is strong enough, big enough and his off the ball movement has improved enough so that he can play up top on his own. However, he works well with somebody making runs off him, looking for knock-downs and runs through beyond the defense.
The Liverpool forward likes to get the ball to feet in deep areas, then lay it off to an advancing midfielder—leaving space behind himself for his forward partner to move into.
Look out for this if Carroll is paired with our next striker in particular at any point...